I am more impressed everyday with the purchase of the DXE 5-Band Hex Beam. Now I just wish I could get it mounted on the Rohn H50 and push this antenna up to my operating height of 25′. Unfortunately, I am still limited to about 15′ because I have not yet found the telescoping mast I desire. So in the meantime it is temporarily mounted about about 15′ on a makeshift mast, with parts borrowed from my 6BTV setup. Instead of a fancy Yaesu G-450A rotator, I am using the “armstrong mode” when I need to change direction. I have two guy wires on opposing spreaders and when I need to move it I grab one and spin the hex around.
Last night I had the radio on while I was in the shack and ended up working 3 new DXCC entities on RTTY. I was able to work UA0IT and DV1JM on 20M, as well as KH2L on 15M. The day before I logged EA1SA on 20M RTTY as well. I have been very impressed with what I can not only hear buy work, with or without my amp on. If I would have found out about this beam before I purchased the SteppIR I would not have stayed with a vertical.
The only sticking point that remains is the HOA. I have yet to e-mail the representative of the management company and inform her of what I have erected in the backyard. It is much less obtrusive than a 32′ vertical. It is not that easy to see from the road when approaching our house that parallels the backyard because it gets lost in the trees and houses and is somewhat camouflaged. Of course when you get closer to the backyard you can see it, but it is not readily seen. Once I have the telescoping mast in place it will even be lower when retracted. If you ask me, this is win win for myself and the HOA if I can convince them.
Anyway I am looking to log some more DX this afternoon. On the Hex Beam Yahoo Group I communicated with KH2X on Guam and hope to get a chance to work him today on 17M, my first hex to hex QSO. At the rate I am going I hope to work my first 100 DXCC entities before the end of the year.